BCE students see success in STEM International Finals


The Golden Nuggeteers STEM team from St Columba’s Primary School Wilston. 

A huge congratulations to the all-girls STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Tournament of Minds team from St Columba’s Primary School Wilston, who won the State Finals and attended the International Final in Canberra in October. 

St Columba’s Primary School Principal Andrew Oberthur said the girls represented both their school community and Queensland magnificently.  
The students demonstrated mental agility, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as respect for one another,” he said. 
It was also wonderful to witness their integrity and support for other teams.  
We are incredibly proud of your achievement girls, Honours (second place) in the STEM category is an outstanding achievement, especially when considering the huge pool of participants across Australia and New Zealand! 
Our future is certainly in good hands. 
Isabelle, Millicent, Eleanor, Daniela, Deeya, Luella and Jessica have written the following piece, reflecting on their experience: 
Science, technology, engineering, and maths. The best combination! And during TIF, the Tournament of Minds (TOM) International Finals, we were able to push the limits, expand our minds and experience STEM at its heights. A fortnight ago, our all-girls STEM TOM teams travelled to Canberra to represent Queensland in the international final.  
We were thrilled when we received an Honours award, placing second in all of Australia and New Zealand. This wasn’t even the highlight of the trip. The amazing TOM culture, the opportunity to meet new people and being able to explore a new city was brilliant. Although, we agree that the best bit was doing the actual challenge and working as a team.   
Above all, we were proud to represent our school and will remember this experience for a lifetime. We are very grateful to the school community and P&F for making this opportunity possible. We are especially grateful to Ms Ross and Mrs Irwin for being the most supportive coaches and for taking us.​ 

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